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   As we head into August we want to thank all of our supporters including both our summer visitors and year round folks. Whether you volunteered with us, made a financial donation, bought our supermarket gift cards, brought your empty plastic and aluminum empties to us, or donated food or clothing to us it is very much appreciated. This is truly a family pantry and without your support we would not be able to fulfill our mission of providing food and clothing to those in need.     Volunteer Appreciation Party in New Community Room - A Huge Success    On August 1st we celebrated the completion of our new space with 175 or so people. It was a great night and we were thrilled to have Representative Sarah Peake, Chairman of the Harwich Board of Selectmen, Linda Cebula, and Stephanie Cox from Representative Keating's office join us.    Director Pete Moynagh served many roles in this evening's celebration. Pete is the Chair of the Interior Reconfiguration committee and was recognized by Board President, Richard Waystack, along with present and former committee members: Claudia Crockett, Kathleen Magnusson, Kellie Marchant, Brian Michaelan, Don Milbier and George Morris for the outstanding job they did in transforming the pantry into an efficient operation.   Pete also prepared the fabulous appetizers that were served by Billy Martin,  our former Youth Director, Alison Smith and Gabrielle Crowell who work for Pete at Allen Harbor Yacht Club.   Last but not least, Pete honored founder and long-time Director, George Morris, by having him hang a plaque with our Mission Statement at the entrance to the pantry. Pete also told the story of asking George to take out the first nail in the deconstruction of the old pantry and then the night of the party he had George put in the last nail to hang the Mission statement at the pantry entrance. The reconfiguration project was huge for us and throughout the planning and construction George often reminded the Board they we should only do what helped us to fulfill the pantry's mission which is to provide food and clothing to those in need.   Volunteers of the Year were announced and for 2011 our winners are:   Pantry: Gene Kirk is one of our original volunteers and he is part of the Tuesday AM crew, serving as a greeter and problem solver. Gene also sells our gift cards both after Mass and annually at the Cape Cod Potters Soup Bowls for Hunger event. Gene also has driven the truck in many parades and over the years has always been the first to volunteer to help on special requests including general repair work and telephone installations!   Second Glance: Nasrin Karamouz is one of our most dedicated workers and has been a part of the Tuesday crew at the thrift store for the past three years. Nasrin is always willing to take on an extra task and has truly been an asset to the store and Manager Lorraine Cowhey.  RECONFIGURATION COMPLETE!   If you have not stopped by in awhile I can assure you that you will not recognize the place! We have expanded our food distribution and clothing areas which were too small and inefficient for both the clients and volunteers. We also expanded the boutique sorting area and provided better lighting so they can actually see what they are sorting! We have added a private room for interviewing new clients and processing applications for fuel assistance and food stamps which provides a more dignified and confidential experience for our clients. New features include a handicapped accessible bathroom and a community room for classes and to more efficiently run programs such as the gift certificates, and toy program as well as have meetings. The expanded office means we will no longer have 6 people trying to work at 4 desks on any given day!   We were very fortunate to have the services of Architect Mary-Ann Agresti of The Design Initiatve who was able to design the space to maximize our efficiency after reviewing surveys of many clients and volunteers.  Mary-Ann brought her passion for the pantry to the task and her professional time was a donation to the pantry. She knew what we needed better than we knew!   Rick Roy Construction built the new pantry and did an outstanding job in working it in phases so that we never had to close or adjust our open hours. Not only is their work impeccable but they are incredibly good communicators which is so important in a job of this magnitude.  Knowing that we are a non-profit organization and that we are always looking to save money Rick Roy Construction suggested several cost savings options which we readily adopted.   We also wish to thank Rick and Donna Morris of RPM Carpets who not only gave us great discounts on our original flooring needs but near the end of the project when we looked to add a little more carpet in the boutique sorting area they donated it to us.   Last but not least we are forever grateful to John Our and the entire Our family for their support over the years. The Our Family has been incredibly generous and during the construction project they provided some excavating support at a very generous discount.   Volunteers Openings We had a very positive response to our June Newsletter Volunteer postings.  The following are some spots that are still available:    1. Garden Volunteers - Thursdays and Saturdays through October We are currently harvesting squash and planting peas!     2. Second Glance Thrift Shop - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays  We are seeking Team Leader for 3 hour shifts Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.   3. Bottles and Cans - 7-10 Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall. Please contact Patty Watson for more information at 508-432-6519, pwatson@thefamilypantry.com.  Solar Ribbon Cutting     The Board would like to invite you to a ribbon cutting ceremony for our solar power installation on Wednesday August 22nd from 6-7PM.    We have had a solar installation placed on the roof of the pantry by MyGeneration Energy at no cost to the pantry! This was done via a 3rd party agreement with investors who receive the tax credits and we then buy our power from them at a 28% savings. The excess power is used to credit the electric needs at our thrift shop. In all this is a great savings for the pantry.   The ribbon cutting will be a brief ceremony with an opportunity to view the solar installation by riding a genie lift. Soft drinks and cookies will be served. This fun event takes place on Wednesday, August 22nd from 6-7PM at the pantry and I hope to see you there.       Sincerely,   Mary Anderson Executive Director The Family Pantry of Cape Cod  133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645 508-432-6519 manderson@thefamilypantry.com

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    June - July 2012 E-newsletter       Dear Friend of The Family Pantry of Cape Cod,   Summertime and the living is easy, but not for everyone. Here at The Family Pantry of Cape Cod we continue fullfilling our mission of providing food and clothing to those in need. We consistently see new clients each shift.  People like you and me that have fallen on hard times.  This email encourages us to think about our neighbors that have less and perhaps inspire us to reach out to help with these summer time requests.       Our Free Clothing Boutique Needs Donations   In addition to distributing food, we also give away free clothing to our clients.  This summer we are falling short with our stocks of clothes.  As many of you know, we take clothes that are out of season and store them to give away in the proper season.  With the interior remodification, we were slightly short on storage space this past winter and therefore we have gone through a good bit of our summer clothes.  Please check your closets, your kid's/grandkid's closets for out-grown clothes and send them our way. A volunteer will help you unload your car if pull around to the back of the warehouse when we have staff here (Tuesdays 8-3:30, Thursday 8-12, 1:30-3:30, 5-7, Saturdays 9-12).  Thank you for considering this special request.   RECONFIGURATION...   Our interior reconfiguration project is almost completed and we couldn't be happier with the results. One of our Team Leaders, Kathy Muller, commented this morning about the incredible positive changes we have experienced in the past six months. As she said we don't even remember anymore that we were operating in work spaces way too small for the operation and now it is just a pleasure to have the room to operate efficiently. The interview room has been operational for 5 or 6 weeks and it is so nice to be conducting interviews in a more confidential and dignified manner.  The boutique is now in its new space and it is also quite efficient and well organized. The boutique sorting area is just waiting for a few lights.  The office is the area now under construction but that should be completed within a week or two.  We invite anyone who hasn't been in to stop by and see for yourself.    Volunteers Openings We had a very positive response to our June Newsletter Volunteer postings.  The following are some spots that are still available:    1. Garden Volunteers - Thursdays  We are seeking garden volunteers for Thursday 9-12.  We are currently harvesting green beens and radishes!  In August, you'll be hearing about our need for a Volunteer Garden Supervisor for the Fall months.   2. Second Glance Thrift Shop - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays  We are seeking Team Leader for 3 hour shifts Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.   3. Bottles and Cans - Mondays in the fall Please contact Patty Watson for more information at 508-432-6519, pwatson@thefamilypantry.com.                Garden Tumbler   What's a "Tumbler"?  Check out what our Garden Supervisor Sara Weller created and come visit our productive garden while we are harvesting! http://familypantrygarden.tumblr.com/      Sincerely,   Mary Anderson Executive Director The Family Pantry of Cape Cod  133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645 508-432-6519 manderson@thefamilypantry.com

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Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series hosts Food Drive at July 10 concert in Hyannis to help feed neighbors in need   Centerville - The Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series is hosting a food drive to support The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) during a special performance on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Aselton Park in Hyannis, featuring local artists Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys. Food donations will be distributed to local residents in need through GBFB member agencies in the Cape Cod Hunger Network.

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Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series hosts Food Drive at July 10 concert in Hyannis to help feed neighbors in need   Centerville - The Citizens...

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  It has been a busy few months and we are glad to be nearing the end of our interior reconfiguration project.  The new space is wonderful and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us with the project.  So far in 2012 we are serving an average of 1100 households each month so the expanded service areas are already in use. The changes have made a more efficient and dignified experience for our clients and volunteers.    June 1, 2012 Wychmere Harbor Gala Event A very warm thank you to our many friends and supporters who joined us at the beautiful Wychmere Beach Club for our very successful Summer Gala hosted by Tom and Shelly O'Neill. The pantry simply would not exist without your support and we thank everyone who attended or made a donation to help us with our mission of providing food to those in need.   A very special thank you to our many generous sponsors   Presenting Sponsors             BackOffice Associates             Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines             Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank             Jay Cashman             Eos Foundation             Ocean Spray             Tom and Shelly O'Neill             Robert B. Our Co. Inc.             Robert Paul Properties             Peter and Cathy Smyth             Patriot Square             White Marlie             Wychmere Beach Club   Wychmere Hero Sponsors           Cape Cod Healthcare           Peter F. Clark           Dennis and Dolores Picard   Cape Cod Champions             Anne and Roger Berman             Rick and Nancy Kelliher             Jeffrey Leerink             Bob and Judy Murray             Nan Poor Friends             Andrew Athy Jr.             Allan and Martha Campbell             George and Pam Christodoulo             Covell Realty             Demetrios Dasco             Elizabeth J. Dolan             Doug and Wendy Kreeger             Dan and Chris McLaughlin             Elizabeth McLaughlin             John and Anne O'Brien             Mr. and Mrs. Charles O'Connor             Christopher O'Neill             Christine and Jason Reese   And Our Fabulous Host Committee   Tom and Shelly O'Neill David and Nicky Metzler Kip and Stephanie O'Neill Jeff and Kristi Leerink Jim and Alina Apteker Demitri and Sarah Dasco   Our Entertainment:   The pantry's favorite comedian Jimmy Tingle   Folk music legend - Livingston Taylor     If you were unable to attend but couldn't it is never too late to make a donation online at thefamilypantry.com  or via U.S. Mail to:   The Family Pantry of Cape Cod 133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645   INTERIOR RECONFIGURATION ALMOST COMPLETE!     We sincerely appreciate all our clients and volunteers who have been very patient as we reconstructed all of the interior rooms at the pantry. A brief recap of what has been accomplished: Food distribution moved into its new space a few months ago and we have had many accolades from clients who love the new brighter space with less congestion and better ability to see all that we have to offer. Online check in to the computers has gone very smoothly and we expect it will continue to get easier as people become more comfortable with the system and we work to clean up the database a bit. The boutique moved into its permanent home a few weeks ago after a couple of months of "guess where you will be working today" took place! The boutique is lovely and it is nice to have the desk painted by Helen Marsden back in use here having spent a few years at Second Glance.  The warehouse has also worked around reduced space regularly beginning in January. Kudos to Pat and the warehouse guys for moving stuff regularly (sometimes the same stuff back to where it started!) to stay out of the way of the construction. With the interview room set up and the boutique in its own space the warehouse has reclaimed some of its space and set up additional pallet racks to take advantage of vertical space since floor space is at a premium in the new configuration. We now have a private confidential area for conducting initial interviews with clients as well as processing food stamp applications and fuel assistance applications. The conference room which is more like the schools' multi purpose rooms will be used to house the office for the next month and by mid-July it will be used to run several of our programs such as the supermarket gift program, the Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. It will also be used for training classes as well as various meetings. We remain grateful to Mary-Ann Agresti, Principal Architect of The Design Initiative, whose vision for us has turned into a wonderful reality. Mary-Ann donated her own services to us billing only for her Staff and associated expenses. We are also proud to be associated with Rick Roy Construction who has done an incredible job working their construction schedule around our operation schedule. Their work is impeccable and their communication with us has been a major key to the success of the project.             Volunteers Needed- maybe there is a spot for you! 1. See How Our Garden Grows   The Family Pantry of Cape Cod welcomes back Sara Weller to a United Way funded garden supervisor position.  Recently graduated from Smith College, Sara brings her enthusiasm and charm to our production garden.  Come join Sara in our garden!  We are seeking volunteers for three morning garden shifts: Tuesday 9-12, Thursday 9-12, Saturday 9-12.  Please contact the pantry soon as we need help for the snap pea harvest in June!   2. Plastic Bottles and Cans Help The Pantry Feed those in Need   Did you know that your empties can help put food on the table for those in need throughout Cape Cod?  In addition to your plastic bottles and aluminum cans, the Pantry needs help sorting and collecting cans this summer.  It's an early morning shift so you can get about your day by 9 or 10 am.  We are seeking volunteers from 7-9:30 AM on  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.   Please contact the pantry if you are interested in helping in this fun and easy, if not a little dirty, task.   3. Reception Positions are available throughout the week   You can help out on the phones, but you must know how to work a computer too.   Please contact Patty Watson for more information at 508-432-6519, pwatson@thefamilypantry.com.                   Sincerely,   Mary Anderson Executive Director The Family Pantry of Cape Cod  133 Queen Anne Road Harwich, MA 02645 508-432-6519 manderson@thefamilypantry.com

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